Topic / Catholicism

Indiana man warned off singing at his gran’s funeral

An Indiana man who attended a gay pride event has been refused permission by a Catholic church to sing at his grandmother’s funeral. Connor Hakes, above, received a letter from Father Bob J Lengerich of St Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Indiana, saying that Hakes’ attendance at a gay rally a few years […]

Staff abused over school’s plan to charge £1 for nativity play

A plan to charge a £1 entrance fee for three performances of a nativity play at a Catholic primary school in Worcester has angered some parents, who have reportedly subjected staff to abuse. The money raised, according to head teacher Louise Bury, of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, would be spent on books and equipment, […]

Vatican gets all prissy over Anne Boleyn’s ‘pritty duckys’

The Vatican has reportedly denied the BBC permission to film a letter written by Henry VIII to his sweetheart because it refers to his kissing Bolyn’s ‘pritty duckys’. Apparently, the Vatican thought the letter was far too risqué for viewers of an upcoming BBC’s programme, Six Wives with Lucy Worsley. However, Vatican authorities did allow […]

Pope gives Patriarch Kirill of Moscow a grisly birthday gift

The picture above shows His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, right, with the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, who handed Kirill a piece of St Francis of Assisi. Koch, according to this report, gave Kirill the relic – a gift from the Pope – to […]

Mad monk who disrupted church services avoids jail

Brother Damon Kelly, above, a member of a bizarre Catholic cult known as the Black Hermits, was warned that he would be jailed if he ever repeated his compulsive threatening and abusive behaviour. The warning, according to this report, came from Sheriff Thomas Ward who heard that Kelly barged his way into an Argyllshire church service […]

Artist Abel Azcona cleared of blasphemy by a judge in Spain

Last year performance artist Abel Azcona horrified Catholics in Pamplona, Spain, when he used 242 stolen consecrated hosts to spell out the the word ‘pederastia‘ at an exhibition he mounted in a city gallery to highlight the Church’s systematic rape of children. According to this report, Azcona procured the Catholic crackers by pretending to receive […]

Bogus Catholic priest in LA sold tickets to see the Pope

Erwin Mena, above, has been jailed in Los Angeles for the second time for posing as a priest and ripping off the faithful. According to this report, in addition to delivered “uplifting” sermons, officiating at baptisms, confessions, funerals and weekly Masses, Mena, 60, was onto a nice little earner – selling bogus trips to see Pope […]

Poland becomes a monarchy, with Jesus Christ as King

Ten years ago Polish politicians shelved a silly suggestion that Jesus should be crowned king of this overwhelmingly Catholic country. But this week his enthonement went ahead in Krakow at the Church of Divine Mercy. According to this report, the coronation took place in the presence of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and many […]

Creationist Ben Carson won’t be in Trump’s administration

A large swathe of Americans can breathe easier today in the knowledge that Christian fundamentalist Ben Carson will not be part of President-elect Trump’s administration. Last week, it was widely reported that Carson was shortlisted to be Education Secretary, but later he was offered the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services. However, this […]

Sick stunt: US priest places aborted foetus on an altar

Catholic priest Frank Pavone is at the centre of a firestorm after he placed an aborted foetus on an altar in what has been described as an “atrocious” anti-abortion stunt. According to this report, Pavone – who heads New York-based Priests for Life – said the foetus was entrusted to him by a pathologist for […]